Guinness and Jameson – The Flavours of Dublin

By | December 3, 2011 at 7:47 am | 20 comments | City Breaks, Foodie Travel, Ireland, Jade | Tags: , ,

By Jade Johnston

If you have been following our blog, then don’t panic! We have not left Australia yet! We are simply digging into the archives of our experiences and decided to bring you this post about Ireland.

What do you think of when I say “Ireland”?

If I were to list the top two things that pop into my head when I think of Ireland, it would have to be drinking and potatoes. (I know, what stereotypes!). And when it comes to the drinking, almost everyone will think of two more things – Guinness and Jameson. How could you not? They are only Ireland’s two more popular alcoholic drinks which can be found in pretty much every Irish bar (possibly every bar full stop) all over the world.

I didn’t plan to only see Dublin when I went to Ireland. I like to travel slow and see as much of a region as possible. But in this instance, the only way to fly cheaply (good ole’ Ryan Air) from Leeds in England to Belgium, was through Dublin. Hence the reason I only spent a weekend there.

 

Irish Stereotype

Another Irish Sterotype

In Dublin the brewery and distillery tours operate seven days a week – perfect for a Sunday afternoon!

I love brewery and distillery tours – a strange phenomenon considering that I am not a big drinker. And even stranger since anyone who has done more than one of these tours knows – they are pretty much all exactly the same.

Well actually, that is completely wrong!

Although many brewery and distillery tours can be very similar, there are some which really stand out. And conveniently they are both located in Dublin - I bet you can guess which ones they are!

Guinness is good for you (according to their marketing department)

The Guinness experience is located in the original brewery, although it is no longer a functioning brewery. It is now Dublin’s most popular tourist destination, and it is destined to be so for many more years to come! The founder, Arthur Guinness struck real estate gold when he leased the building for 9,000 years at 45 GBP per year – which means they are paying pennies for the building until the lease expires in 10, 759.

A much younger me at the Guinness factory gates

A much younger me at the Guinness factory gates

The factory has been converted into a mecca of Guinness knowledge – from the brewing process itself, to even a collection of early advertising and Guinness media – and of course, a bar! (Guess what is on tap?) You can wander through the complex at your own pace – allowing you to either learn as much as you can about the black gold, or just leg it to the bar!

Although your 14.40 Euros only, in theory, guarantees you one pint of Guinness from the top floor bar – in reality there are amble opportunities to taste test the famous stout all throughout the complex.

Now, if you are like me, and a weak drinker, then you might want to do what I did and wait until the next day to visit the home of the famous Irish whisky – Jameson.

Mel enjoys her pint of Guinness at the factory bar

Mel enjoys her pint of Guinness at the factory bar

The Spirit of Ireland (again, according to their marketing department)

The old Jameson factory is another of Dublin’s top visitor attractions and a must for anyone who loves Whisky. This factory is also no longer a working factory, but has been converted entirely into a visitor centre. The Jameson factory differs from the Guinness factory not only in size (it is much smaller) but also in level of interaction. The entire experience is guided, meaning you can ask as many questions as you like to some whisky experts.

Of course, like the Guinness factory, the Jameson factory also guarantees you a free drink with your 13 Euro ticket. But if you are savvy, you will be quick to put your hand up when they ask for volunteers.

The volunteers that they select are for a whisky tasting panel, where you get to taste several whiskys from all around the world and compare them to Jameson. But make sure you know the right answer when they ask you which one was best! My friend Mel who I travelled with to Ireland was the more adventurous one, and was of course immediately selected for the whisky tasting panel.

Mel proudly displays her Jameson certificate

Mel proudly displays her Jameson certificate

Of course, there are many other things to see and do during your time in Dublin, but if you are a lover of whisky and beer, them make sure you visit at least one of these iconic Irish institutions.

Have you been to Dublin? Did you check out the Guinness brewery or the Jameson factory? Let us know in the comments!

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About the Author

Jade Johnston

Jade is a freelance travel writer from Manitoba Canada. She loves travel and meeting new people has lived in 6 countries and travelled to more than 30. She prefers to travel slowly - taking overland transit or working/ volunteering in the countries she visits. Her motto is that she might never return to this place again, so she has to try to soak up as much as possible. To learn more about the OurOyster project, Google + : Jade Johnston's Google You can also shoot her an email at jade@ouroyster.com

20 Comments

  1. The Travel Fool (2 years ago)

    Okay I am officially jealous. You have the Jamesons certificate. I like beer but never been a big fan of Guinness but I do like Jamesons. Sounds like you had a great time.

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      Make sure you volunteer to be an official taste tester when you go to Dublin then!

  2. Christy @ Technosyncratic (2 years ago)

    Leprechauns!!

    Oh, are we not playing that game anymore? ;) I also think of beer, but I’m going to be honest and admit that I’ve never tried Guinness OR Jameson before. Crazy, huh?

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      And shamrocks too! Guinness is actually a nice dark beer, it’s lighter tasting then many other dark style beers

  3. Andrea (2 years ago)

    Haha – I am also a certified whisky taster from the Middleton distillery near Cork =) We toured Guinness too and really enjoyed the experiences

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      I wonder if we remember brewery tours as being more fun than they actually are, because we are always a little bit tipsy when we leave the place!

  4. Stephanie - The Travel Chica (2 years ago)

    Although Guiness is not one of my favorite beers, I would definitely do the brewery tour because it is “the spirit of Ireland.”

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      lol! When in Rome…. eerrmm… Ireland!

  5. Iain Mallory (2 years ago)

    Any post with Guinness in it is going to get my notice and just love the Storehouse it is my idea of a pilgrimage ;)

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      Lol! I went there before I even liked beer! I think I need to return now that I have learned to like it, especially dark beer

  6. Zablon Mukuba (2 years ago)

    i am a big fan of Jameson, i would visit that factory, more than once :)

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      Haha! I would visit it again as well, and this time I would make sure that I volunteer for the taste testing panel

  7. AlexBerger (2 years ago)

    Love that gate! Definitely iconic =)

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      I think everyone has their picture taken in front of it! haha!

  8. Caz Makepeace (2 years ago)

    Guinness really is good for you and don’t let anybody ever tell you anything different.
    Can’t believe I lived in Dubs for a year and never made it to the Jameson factory. REally wanted to but could never drag myself away from the pubs to get down there :)
    Guinness on the other hand, i would walk over hot coals to drink

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      Well at least you have a good excuse to go back to Dublin for a visit!!!

  9. Raymond @ Man On The Lam (2 years ago)

    Guinness? The only kind I like comes in the Word Records format. :)

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      Lol i used to love those books when I was younger.

  10. Mary @ Green Global Travel (2 years ago)

    Dublin was my first ever adult trip- just two girlfriends and a guide book. I was there when Ireland had a very big soccer game with Wales and everyone was celebrating. I came home with both team’s rally scarves…good times :)

    • OurOyster (2 years ago)

      hahaha It’s always an inditcation of an epic trip when you come home with other people’s clothes as souvineers! :D Sounds awesome! I really want to spend more time in Ireland… I have only been to Dublin and I am just dying to get out to the rest of the country

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